Dear DanceMN Readers,
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As the spring dance season unfolds in venues and studios across Minnesota, we encourage individuals to contribute at least $26 (only 50 cents a newsletter), and organizations to consider donating $100 or more. Please give what you can; any amount helps. The deadline is Memorial Day, May 29.
Our most pressing need is to update our web platform to make the site more sustainable and easier to maintain. The current platform is becoming outdated and requires a specialist to make alterations. We also plan to add Resource and History pages to the website, which will streamline the weekly newsletter.
Lastly, we want to thank our departing committee chair, Theresa Madaus, for all her passion and hard work. We enthusiastically welcome two new members, Deneane Richburg and Jim Lieberthal.
Enjoy the spring season,
The DanceMN Steering Committee
Penelope Freeh (Chair), Judith Brin Ingber (Secretary), Abdo Sayegh (Treasurer), Dana Kassel, Jim Lieberthal, Deneane Richburg, Anat Shinar (Members)
PERFORMANCES and EVENTS
A conversation featuring special guest Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Founder and Visioning Partner of Urban Bush Women. Moderated by Kenna Cottman, panelists also include Deneane Richburg (Brownbody), Ananya Chatterjea (Ananya Dance), Toni Pierce-Sands (TU Dance) and Rosy Simas (Rosy Simas Dance).
Tickets: $10 at www.bit.ly/BrownbodyEvents
8:00 PM (7:00 doors), $6-16
Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater
1. Kathleen Hickey (Chicago)
2. Edna Stevens
3. Peyton Stille
810 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408-2846
BLB Ticketline: 612-825-8949 for reservations.
Full-service restaurant and bar in theater.
9x22 Dance/Lab features unfettered dance exploration. A discussion moderated by choreographer/curator Laurie Van Wieren follows each piece, giving audience and choreographer alike the opportunity to react and explore the work together. 9x22 Dance/Lab was founded in August 2003. Each month, three choreographers show work of varying styles and experience. 9x22 has become known as a place where seasoned and new choreographers can present their work and discuss it with an informed and engaged audience.
Check out Anat Shinar's latest choreography featuring dancer Kara Motta in Of A Landscape, part of Red Eye's Works-In-Progress program this coming weekend.
It's a dance that explores the mutability of a boundary as it is disrupted by bodies in motion, finding the distance between concrete space and abstract place, and between the natural expanse and its historical narrative. Also on the bill are new works by Heather Bunch, House of Hello, and Eric Larson.
June 1-4 Chantal Pavageaux's The Love Party: REVIVAL
June 8-11 Magnolia Yang Sao Yia's MAI with 600 Whales' HOW IS EVER ANY DIFFERENT THAN?
June 15-17 Laryssa Husiak's FEET ON THE GROUND with Sam Johnson's isthmus ellipsis
Training tomorrow's dancers today, Minnesota Dance Theatre celebrates the talent and accomplishments of its aspiring young dancers as they take the stage for the 2017 Strawberry Festival: A Student Showcase. Performing pieces especially created and selected for them, this annual showcase features students from every level of MDT’s Performing Arts Division, Young Children’s Division, and Boys Classes.
Committed to high-quality training, MDT students have graduated into the company and gone on to work with other prestigious companies worldwide, including Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, and Pina Bausch’s Wuppertal Tanz Theatre.
Our spring Zone choreographers and dancers have been creating amazing pieces of modern dance. Please join us to support their effort and celebrate their achievement. Zenon's Zone performers will present their work in our Spring Showcase on May 26, 27, 28 at 8pm in Zenon's Studio 4A.
Featuring pieces by up-and-coming local choreographers:
Tickets are $8 at the door.
Brownbody, a St. Paul-based performance company that blends modern dance and figure skating to tell stories of the African diaspora, presents a two-part evening of modern dance, theater, and live music fused with figure skating, followed by a facilitated post-show discussion.
Quiet As It’s Kept
Choreographed by Brownbody’s Artistic Director, Deneane Richburg and incorporating a soundscape written and performed by well-known Twin Cities jazz vocalist and actor, Thomasina Petrus, with music production by Charles “Chilly” Petrus, Quiet As It's Kept captures the complexity and turbulence of the post-Civil War Reconstruction period and the rise of Jim Crow.
Urban Bush Women: translation
The second half of the program features a collaboration between Brownbody and legendary New York-based dance company, Urban Bush Women to present two on-ice translations of UBW works, Give Your Hands To Struggle and an excerpt from UBW’s newest work, Walking with ‘Trane.
The TU Dance Center annual bake sale will be held on Saturday, June 3, from 9:00am-5:00pm at TU Dance Center. All proceeds support TU Dance Center student performances, June 9-11 at the Rarig Center on the University of Minnesota West Bank campus.
Please join us and invite your family and friends to this event-the more the merrier!
ANICCHA ARTS presents 3600 CUTS
60-minute performance at 7:30pm on June 8 and 9, 2017
60-minute performance at 8:30pm, 10pm, 11:30pm on June 10, 2017 (Northern Spark Festival)
Free form continuous improvisation performance at 1am-5:30am on June 11, 2017 (Northern Spark Festival)
General admission: $20 advance, $24 at the door
with code "3600": $10
ARTshare Members: FREE
Aniccha Arts presents 3600 cuts, an interdisciplinary performance by Piotr Szyhalski and Pramila Vasudevan about the endless quest for “higher resolution”—the technological obsession of achieving finer grain and more detail—and how this sometimes illuminating, sometimes destructive phenomenon connects to the parallel quest for understanding human ecology. Meticulously moving through one hour of performance by cutting it up into 3600 seconds, this project (de)constructs an intimate “high resolution” portrait-critique of the here and now.
Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, and School Director Laurel Keen invite you to the 2017 TU Dance Center Student Showcase. Students from the Children and Teen as well as Pre-Professional divisions will be featured in several works by TU Dance Center teaching artists and TU Dance company dancers. Please join us in celebrating these young dancers and all of their hard work!
Friday, June 9 - 7:00pm
Saturday, June 10 - 7:00pm
Sunday, June 11 - 2:00pm
Tickets: $15 (includes a $2 processing fee)
僕: BOKU - Uncarved Human
Performance by Michael Flora (composer) and Gadu (butoh)
Thursday-Saturday, June 15-17, 2017 at 7:30pm
Saturday, June 17 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Tickets: $20 advance, $24 at door, $12 for students
Reserve your tickets at www.southerntheater.org or call 612-326-1811 for more information.
僕: BOKU - Uncarved Human is the second collaboration between composer Michael Flora and butoh artist Gadu. BOKU (僕) means “I” in Japanese. It also means “one who serves others.” Set in a soundscape by Michael Flora, this show is a movement mediation on “I”-dentity as an egoless uncarved human.
The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet.
Put on by the partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and Element Gym, this performance and exhibition explores the similar beauty behind the movement and preparation of the dancer and the athlete.
With the help from our friends at the Knight Arts Challenge, a national program committed to engaging and enriching communities through the arts, this performance will use SPB company members and professional athletes from Element to create an experience that highlights the grace, dynamism and shared rituals ingrained in the art of ballet and the sport of boxing. The night’s events will include a free, live broadcast outside, a physical environment that highlights both the boxing ring and stage of a traditional ballet, as well as food and drinks for performance or main event. A glass of wine with your hot dog?
$25/$50/Host a table for 6 for $600! To reserve a table call 612-203-9055.
Performed by a cast of eighteen local dancers, all of whom have lost their parents, Beast explores the complex emotional landscape of adult orphanhood and the universal experience of grief.
Dancing on the Belly of the Beast is a beautiful, ritualistic memorial, speaking to the intricacies of our family relationships, the ever changing faces of grief, the voyage from guilt to gratitude and finally to a freedom of the spirit.
Featuring a core group of veteran dance performers Karla Grotting, Ray Terrill, Christine Maginnis, and Jennifer Ilse, a uniquely interactive scenic design comprised of mobile screens with live choreographed painting, and an epic sound score by composer and multi-instrumentalist Craig Harris.
Three performances: Friday-Sunday, June 23-25. All shows at 8pm.
VIP Opening Night Dinner: $75 for one, $125 for two, $500 for a table of eight!
Tickets: suggested donation $10-30. Reservations at https://dancingbeast.eventbrite.com
Kickstart this dance!: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/707305561/dancing-on-the-belly-of-t...
felt room is an installation designed to conjure imagination, speculation and perception, engaging viewers in a practice of vibrant potentiality.
In the darkness of the felt room viewers are offered an escape from a world of constant illumination. Energy, vibration, intimacy and imagination are the primary materials at play. Dancers move into and out of the darkness, transforming our perceptual field. Unfolding somatic landscapes offer an opportunity for a deeply felt personal experience, one that can be at once disorienting, deeply therapeutic and profoundly energizing.
Installation runs June 29 from 6-9pm and June 30 from 7-10pm.
Audiences are invited to arrive and depart in their own timing. Come for the whole arc or part.
$10-20 suggested donation. Space is limited to 30. Bookings are essential.
Email email@example.com to reserve your place.
WORKSHOPS, INTENSIVES, MASTER CLASSES and OPEN HOUSES
COLLIDE'S ADVANCED JAZZ DANCE INTENSIVE!
June 19-23, 2017 at The Ritz Theater
This small camp is ideal for the serious high school or college student interested in a possible career path in dance. Students will have an opportunity to complete a rigorous week of dance training with some of the Twin Cities leading industry professionals. The week will culminate with an audition for COLLIDE Theatrical 2017/2018 Apprenticeship and an informal repertoire showing.
DAILY SCHEDULE SAMPLE:
9:30-11:00 Dance Technique (ballet and jazz)
11:00-12:00 Specialty Class (tap, hip hop, contemporary, heels, modern)
1:30-2:30 Specialty Class #2 (Pilates, yoga,floorbarre)
2:30-3:30 Master Class (acting for dance, TV/film, auditioning Q &A, resume/headshot consultation, college or professional preparation)
Placement for this elite intensive is by audition or referral only.
To schedule an audition please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 31-August 4 at The Cowles Center
Looking to improve your performance or physical technique? Want to take risks outside your current studio environment and get a step ahead this summer?
This week-long workshop will allow dancers to experiment with a variety of dance styles, train with numerous esteemed instructors and master musical theater choreography in repertoire class. The week will culminate with a performance for family and friends on the last Friday of each session.
DAILY SCHEDULE SAMPLE:
9:30-11:00am Dance Technique (ballet and jazz)
11:00-12:30 Specialty Class (tap, hip hop, contemporary)
2:30-3:30 Master Class (acting, voice, auditioning, film acting)
To register visit www.collidetheatrical.org or call us at 877-508-7890.
Adult beginning/intermediate six-week summer jazz series!
Interested in improving your jazz dance technique? Want to brush up on your skills before your next audition? A bit rusty but want to get back in shape?
Back by popular demand: this six-week musical theater jazz dance class series is for you! Taught by COLLIDE Artistic Director Regina Peluso, class consists of a strong 45-minute technical warm-up, 20 minutes of across the floor combinations working on turns, leaps, footwork, and jazz vocabulary; and ends with the teaching of a short combination.
All classes take place at The Ritz Theater Dance Studio: 345 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413. Free and easy street parking.
Dates: June 12, 19, 16; July 10, 17, 24
Tuition: $15/class or $90.00 for full series
To register visit
Time to apply! Scholarships available.
Calling young artists of color!
Monday–Friday, June 12–30, 2017, 11:40am–2:40pm
A three-week summer training program (three hours/day, five days/week) with live music will introduce Yorchha™, our Indian American movement aesthetic, in technique classes that build in complexity and include learning a short piece from our repertoire.
Monday-Friday, June 12-June 23, 2017
TU Dance Center
2121 University Avenue West, St. Paul MN 55114
Monday-Friday, June 26-June 30, 2017
The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
To apply – and for more information – access the "Application Link" on our website page by May 30, 2017:
Unique in Minnesota, this Ballet Royale week-long summer ballet intensive program is for motivated, aspiring male dancers ages ten through adult.
Designed by former professional ballet dancer Rick Vogt, this program focuses on strength, power, technique, and performance. These classes provide a rare opportunity for men and boys to gain invaluable skills and insights beyond those presented in mixed classes. Students receive individualized attention and coaching from the state’s foremost male ballet teachers.
This innovative program incorporates ballet technique, targeted strength training, and classical variations.
Monday–Friday, from 12:00am–2:00pm
Two separate levels: advanced beginning/intermediate and advanced.
Invitation or pre-approval required.
AUDITION REQUIRED FOR UPPER DIVISION ONLY
Min. of one year of pointe for girls; five or more years classical ballet training. Auditions still being accepted. Workshop is for intermediate dancers (ages ten and older) through professionals.
Ballet Royale introduces a focused ballet & variations workshop specializing in preparing dancers for performing or competing in national ballet competitions. Following daily classical ballet technique & pointe or men’s class, dancers learn classic ballet variations and receive advanced personal coaching from the area’s foremost professional ballet teachers, including Deirdre Chapman, former First Soloist of The Royal Ballet.
This workshop benefits all dancers, whether preparing for a competition, an upcoming performance, or simply wanting to polish and improve their artistry, technique, and quality.
Monday–Friday, 9:30am – 2:00pm. Two separate levels.
Students will also have the opportunity to perform in an in-studio showcase performance!
Join Ballet Royale this summer for comprehensive summer intensive day programs, which provide the finest professional instruction for all ages, for those students striving to reach his or her full potential. Master teachers join our renowned faculty to give professional instruction in a structured and focused setting, including special guest faculty Courtney Elizabeth Stewart, former soloist with San Francisco Ballet.
Ballet Royale has four separate summer intensive programs:
1) June "Spring Into Summer" Intensive, featuring Progressing Ballet Technique. No audition required.
2) June Male Dancer Summer Intensive Program. Invitation or pre-approval required.
3) July Full-Day Summer Intensive. AUDITION REQUIRED for upper division. Variable length options, minimum of one year of pointe for girls and five or more years classical ballet training.
4) August NEW Ballet Royale Grand Prix Variations Workshop, AUDITION REQUIRED for upper division.
Video auditions still being accepted!
Give your little ones a fantastic summer, join Ballet Royale for Creative Story Dance Day Camps!
Give your boys and girls (ages four through nine) the joy of dance and performing! Students with or without prior ballet training will have fun and stretch their imaginations in these focused, single-day workshops as they create and perform short, age-appropriate dances inspired by classic story ballets.
Under the attentive guidance of professional dance instructors, students incorporate fundamental ballet technique as they learn rhythm, musicality, creativity, and simple costume and set design. Students learn different dances each workshop, and have an in-studio performance for family and friends at the end of each session!
Creative Story Ballet Camps - TWO separate workshops
July 15: Beauty and the Beast
August 12: Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood
TIME: 10:00am – Noon
AUDITION REQUIRED for UPPER DIVISION.
Students ages eight (who have completed a minimum of one year classical ballet technique training) through professionals.
Rigorous ballet-based program featuring members of Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, master and guest teachers including special guest faculty Courtney Elizabeth Stewart, former soloist with San Francisco Ballet, and Ballet Royale’s renowned faculty. Flexible schedule with variable length options. Classes include ballet technique, pointe, preparation for pointe, modern, jazz, character, variations, repertoire, men’s class, Progressing Ballet Technique, introduction to Russian ballet technique, hip hop, contact improvisation, pas de deux, and injury prevention. Train and perform with some of TCB’s company at the end of the program!
July Full-Day Summer Intensive: July 6 – 28
Auditions still being accepted!
Join TU Dance Artistic Directors Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands and TU Dance Center faculty and guest artists for the 2017 TU Dance Summer Program and Intensive.
The Children and Teen Summer Program introduces the joy of creative movement and beginning dance technique to students aged five through nineteen. Classes, divided by age, provide a comprehensive base on which to expand by developing body awareness, coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and musicality. July 10-21, 2017.
The Pre-Professional Summer Intensive is a rigorous course of study integrating modern, ballet, African, conditioning, workshop and repertory work for students up to age 24. The program has five levels. For level placement, please contact us at email@example.com or 612-605-1925. Placement can be determined by attending an open class at TU Dance Center (by appointment only), by submitting a video link (modern and ballet phrase), or during the first day of the intensive. July 31-August 19, 2017.
Gaga/people classes are open to people ages sixteen and older, regardless of their background in dance or movement. No previous dance experience is needed.
Gaga/people classes last for one hour and are taught by dancers who have worked closely with Ohad Naharin. Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build on top of each other. Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and be prepared to dance barefoot or in socks. It is advisable to bring a bottle of water and a towel for use after class.
Saturdays from 5:00-6:00pm, May 6-June 10.
Cost: $65 for the five-week workshop; $14 drop-in rate (class cards are accepted).
TU Dance Center offers teen/adult workshops! Our second spring session of workshops runs from April 17-June 11 (eight weeks).
Adult Beginning Ballet with Tina Anderson Wallum
Adult Beginning Modern with Thern Anderson
Teen/Adult Jazz with Mary Ann Bradley
Teen/Adult Inversion Modern Dance with Jennifer Ilse
Teen/Adult Hip Hop with Darrius Strong
Cost: $110/eight-week workshop (preregistration available online); $15 drop-in rate (cash or check only).
For more information and to register, please visit http://www.tudance.org/programs/.
Midwest School of Ballet will be offering a six-week summer session!
Thursdays: July 13 - August 17, 2017
9:30-10:30am: Ballet Fundamentals I/II. Ages three to five.
Age-appropriate motor skills and musicality are developed with basic, fundamental ballet movement and terminology through creative exercises. New and returning students are welcome.
10:30-12pm: Ballet for Teens and Athletes. Ages eight to eighteen.
Designed to help athletes in any sport such as gymnastics, soccer, tennis, football, hockey, swimming, skating and more to cross-train and improve physical skills in their chosen sport. New and returning students are welcome.
5:00-6:00pm: Ballet Fundamentals I/II. Ages three to five.
6:00-7:00pm: Ballet Fundamentals II/III. Ages five to eight.
Fundamental ballet movement, terminology, musicality and creativity is emphasized while infusing elements that will prepare students for the traditional ballet class format. New and returning students are welcome.
Midwest School of Ballet is offering a Ballet for Teens and Athletes six-week Intensive over the summer.
Thursdays: July 13 - August 17, 2017.
Ballet for Teens and Athletes. Ages eight through eighteen.
This class is designed to help athletes and students in any sport such as gymnastics, soccer, tennis, football, hockey, swimming, skating and more to cross-train and improve physical skills in their chosen sport. Do you have a student who is getting ready to try out for a musical or play? Use this class to help with coordination and movement. New and returning students are welcome.
with Cari Riis Stemmler and Ginny Massie
Friday, June 2, 2017 to Sunday, June 4, 2017
Friday: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mat II includes the remaining intermediate and advanced level exercises as well as essential movement principles and training tips for advancing clients to the higher levels. Pilates for sports-specific activities are also covered.
Fee: $499 + $80 Materials
Hosted by choreographer Giselle Mejía featuring guest speakers René Thompson (Cuban of Havana), Eliecer Ramirez-Vargas (Costa Rica), Leo Paixão (Brazilian of Salvador), Maria Isa Perez (Puerto Rican of Loíza), Manuel Rubio (Puerto Rican of Rio Piedra), and Mejía (Ecuadorian of Esmeraldas).
Focusing on symbolic stories within the dances of our Afro-Latino communities, we find universalities while acknowledging the personal influences at play inside the larger culture of a people. Grounded by African Diasporic histories in our particular Latin dances, the panel highlights how each speaker’s ancestral heritage adjusted to new ways of life demonstrated in their dances and, that being based in Minnesota, identities have changed or been made more apparent for each one. Finally, we see how teaching dance becomes a mission to keep moving narratives alive and present within the forms we embody.
Unlocking the Thoracic Spine: A Key Strategy for Liberating the Neck and Shoulder
An exercise-based workshop for Pilates with Cari Riis Stemmler
Teachers will focus on Pilates exercises designed to open and mobilize the thoracic spine. When the thoracic spine is more mobile and able to move freely, there will be less stress on the surrounding structures and will therefore allow more function throughout the neck and shoulder.
Date: June 9, 2017
Belén Maya arrives at Zorongo on June 5!
Belén Maya is the daughter of two great flamenco artists, Carmen Mora and Mario Maya. Trained since a young age by the best – Belén has perfected her technique and expression to become the best female flamenco dancer in Spain.
Transparent and in balance with tradition, Belén Maya has perfected her technique and expression to become the best female flamenco dancer.
Considered one of the most important contemporary flamenco artists in the world, Belén Maya has pushed the limits of flamenco through her constant quest for innovation. Don't miss your chance to study with her on this rare trip to Minneapolis!
JOIN US FOR THESE 3 WORKSHOPS:
FRIDAY, JUNE 9
Variations for Soleares
6:30pm - 8:00pm
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
Variations for Soleares
3:00pm - 4:30pm
SUNDAY, JUNE 11
3:00pm - 4:30pm
$40 per person per workshop. Advance registration available. All workshops taught at an intermediate/advanced level.
This June, the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance presents the two-week Global Body Dance Intensive (DNCE 3701, 2 credits). The intensive is taught by Michel Kouakou, director of the contemporary dance company Daara Dance. The intensive offers contemporary technique mixed with Afro fusion and live drumming by Guei Caph, a master drummer from West Africa. The workshop will emphasize a unique way for dancers to embrace a singular language while anticipating the flow of their movement.
June 12 - 23, 2017
Technique: 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30–1:00 p.m.
Repertoire: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
There will be an informal showing on Friday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m.
Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater
June 12-16, 2017 | 10am-3pm
Join the artists of SPDT for a week-long intensive in the company's creative process, integrating emotional and physical movement vocabulary with vocal and theatrical expression. The intensive is designed for all ages (participants must be at least sixteen) with intermediate to advanced dance experience, and will include choreographic investigations filtered through SPDT's aesthetic lens.
Over the course of the intensive, students will participate in technique and choreographic workshops and learn SPDT repertory. This year, SPDT will share some of the composition techniques from its recent critically acclaimed work, MATINEE, focusing on the integration of film, movement, and theater. The intensive will culminate in a final showing performed by the participants.
Tuition: $275 + $25 application fee
Summer is a great time to dance! Whether you are looking for “parent and me” classes, a dance camp, children’s ballet or drop-in classes for families with busy summer schedules there is an option for you.
Introduction to Ballet Camp (ages four and five): A fun and creative introduction to ballet class. June 12, 19, 26.
Beauty and the Beast Dancer Camp (ages four through six): Have fun exploring, dancing, and learning about the story of the Beauty and the Beast. August 7-10.
Dance, Art and Yoga Camp (ages five through eight): Children explore engaging concepts through visual arts, music, stories, dance and yoga. August 14-17.
Pre-Ballet Camp (ages six and seven): This class is a fun and creative ballet class. The dancer will explore ballet technique. June 14, 21, 28.
Ballet and Beyond Camp (ages six through ten): Explore the wide world of dance including jazz, modern, soft shoe, musical theater and global dance. August 7-10.
See more dance classes on our website!
Enhance your dance technique and get in shape for the summer!
Eight Thursdays, June 15 - August 3
8:15 - 9:15am in Studio 6C
Instructor: Kari Schire
Register here: http://bit.ly/2hhS4ew
$80 • Register by June 1 and get $5 off.
Kari Schire is a Stott Certified Pilates instructor. Her classes focus on core strength, proper alignment, and moving more efficiently. As a professional dancer, she also focuses on creating harmony for the body's natural imbalances.
The Ways We Share Knowing: ReWilding Communication in Contact Improvisation
Join us for a long weekend of dancing with Nita Little in the Target Education Studio
Friday, June 16: 5:30-8:30pm
Saturday, June 17: 10-5:30pm
Sunday, June 18: 11-5:30pm
$150-$225 - full workshop
$100 - Friday/Saturday
$125 - Saturday/Sunday
$85 - one day, if space is available
$75 deposit will hold your space. Deposit is refundable up to one week before the workshop.
Wendy Ruble, 1781 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
(workstudy available, email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nita Little: A pioneering choreographer, performer, and theorist in the field of ensemble improvisational dance and contact improvisation, Nita Little is invited to work with dancers on five continents. A (2014) PhD in Performance Studies from the University of California, Davis, Little participated in the emergence and development of contact improvisation in 1972 with Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith. She has been exploring the embodied mind ever since.
Ages four through seven.
Monday through Thursday, June 19-22
9:30am - 11:00am
Explore dance concepts and skills, create choreography and have fun! A snack and craft are included each day.
Taught by Siri Drontle
Shapiro & Smith Dance is looking forward to dancing with you this summer!
Our Summer Workshop is for intermediate and advanced level dancers and the focus is learning and performing dances from our repertory. The work is technically challenging, inherently musical and marvelously expressive. We hope you’ll join us!
Shapiro & Smith Summer Workshop:
When: July 10 - 21, Monday - Friday
Time: 10am - 11am Warm-up/technique, 11am -1pm Repertory rehearsals
Taught by the artists of Shapiro & Smith Dance and Joanie Smith.
Where: Barbara Barker Center for Dance
Public Showing: Friday, July 21 at 12pm
Cost: $395. Payment due July 5.
Note: Fifteen percent discount if paid by June 1.
Payment should be sent to:
Shapiro & Smith Dance
Barker Dance Center, 500 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Join ARENA DANCES for two weeks of movement classes and creative process taught by founder and artistic director Mathew Janczewski and guest choreographer Tamara Ober.
Targeted for the high intermediate to advanced level dancer, participating artists will observe their process of dancing from their instincts with imagination, physical idiosyncrasies, and kinetic response.
July 10-July 21, Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm
Cowles Center, Studio 5B
Cost is $500, registered by June 5.
Upper Level Intensive
Ages thirteen through 22.
July 10-August 4: four weeks
Renowned teacher Lirena Branitski will conduct the technique and pointe classes Monday-Friday.
Included: Classical ballet technique, pointe, variations and partnering with enrichment classes in character, modern, conditioning, complimentary dance styles and wellness.
The School of St. Paul Ballet offers summer intensives for ages ten through 22. These summer programs offer serious female and male ballet students a highly concentrated curriculum in pre-professional classical ballet training. At St. Paul Ballet, each student’s individual development is supported through our nurturing environment. It is our passion to develop students for success in performing their best as artists physically and emotionally. Students will learn techniques that reflect the diversity and range required by major American ballet companies today.
The School of St. Paul Ballet offers summer intensives for ages ten through 22. These summer programs offer serious female and male ballet students a highly concentrated curriculum in pre-professional classical ballet training.
Junior Level Intensive - Ages ten through thirteen
Three weeks, July 17-August 4
Middle Level Intensive - Ages twelve through sixteen
Four weeks, July 10 - August 4
Upper Level Intensive - Ages thirteen through 22
Four weeks, July 10 - August 4
At St. Paul Ballet each student’s individual development is supported through our nurturing environment. It is our passion to develop students for success in performing their best as artists physically and emotionally. Students will learn techniques that reflect the diversity and range required by major American ballet companies today.
Studios are conveniently located two blocks north of the green line on Fairview Ave N in St. Paul. Free, unlimited parking.
Minnesota Dance Theatre offers ballet for absolute beginners, ages sixteen and older.
The eight-week summer session beginning July 11. Due to popular demand, we’re adding a second class per week. You’ll have three options:
• Tuesdays at 7pm - $110
• Thursdays at 7pm - $110
• Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm - $220
Preregistration required: http://bit.ly/2hhS4ew
Register by June 27 and receive a discount!
Zachary Tuazon, the teacher for Ballet Fundamentals, has been an MDT company dancer and faculty member since 2015. He received his BA in Dance Pedagogy from Butler University and also received training from the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.
The Cowles Center, Studio 6B
This summer, join us for the Dance Blitz, CREO's most comprehensive summer dance camp! In each camp, dancers will study a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, African, improvisation, and more! CREO is also excited to welcome guest artists Kaleena Miller, Anna Roehr, and Darwin Black to the Dance Blitz camps this summer.
GRADE 1-4 (Beginning/Intermediate)
Dance Blitz - Grades 1-2 and 3-4, July 24-28, 9:45am-12:00pm
GRADE 3-5 (Intermediate)
Dance Blitz Level 2-3, Ballet/Contemporary/Modern, July 31-August 4, 10:00am-1:30pm - Featuring Guest Artist Anna Roehr!
Dance Blitz Level 2-3, Jazz/Rhythm/Theater, August 7-11, 10:00am-1:30pm - Featuring Guest Artist Kaleena Miller!
GRADE 6-12 (Intermediate/Advanced)
Dance Blitz Level 4-6, Ballet/Contemporary/Modern, August 14-18, 10:30am-2:30pm - Featuring Guest Artist Anna Roehr!
Dance Blitz Level 4-6, Jazz/Rhythm/Theater, August 21-25, 10:00am-3:30pm - Featuring Guest Artist Kaleena Miller!
Move BIG with and alongside Alternative Motion Project's company members in a physical, fun and energetic modern dance class! Taught by Co-Artistic Directors Kristin Howe + Joanna Lees, this class will start with a centering warm-up, finding a nuanced connection throughout the entire body and growing in size, rigor and specificity through movement vocabulary from AMP's repertory. Explore ways to push the boundaries of the body's movement potential and connect with the rich dance community the Twin Cities has to offer!
10:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesday, August 2
Friday, August 4
The TEK Box - The Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts
528 Hennepin Ave - SECOND FLOOR
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Cost: $15 per class OR $25 for BOTH!
Cash, check, credit card accepted.
For intermediate/advanced dancers.
Ballet technique class, pointe, partnering, character and more!
Taught by Anna Goodrich and guest teachers.
Call for more information!
DANCER DAY: September 23
The dancer conference is a forum for exploring many levels of dancer education including common injuries, self-care techniques, and learning how to incorporate a "dance healthy" perspective. The conference serves dancers of all ages, agility, and backgrounds.
Ultimately, MDMF empowers the dancer attendees to leave with a renewed enthusiasm for self-preservation and a keen understanding of how to dance healthy. The overall structure of these annual conferences are a mixture of lecture, demonstrations and movement sessions offered during a single day.
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL DAY: September 24
We strive to provide our attendees the most current evidence-based approach to dancer evaluation, surgical intervention, and rehab. Designed for orthopedic surgeons, primary care physicians, pediatricians, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, chiropractors, and occupational therapists. Professionals not claiming continuing ed can attend a reduced rate.
AUDITIONS, JOBS and OPEN CALLS
As the Super Bowl approaches, there will be numerous opportunities to showcase Minnesota’s dynamic dance community. There are a number of ways the Super Bowl intends to involve local artists in the festivities leading up to and during the big game, but the first step is letting them know who you are and what you do!
Use the link below to fill out a quick and easy form detailing your contact information and samples of your work – you’ll see that it’s possible to submit as a company, an individual artist, or both. Once you’ve submitted your form, you’ll be listed in a directory that will be used by event planners as they hire talent for events related to the Super Bowl.
It has been estimated that 600 local Houston-based dancers/choreographers were showcased during the 2017 game this past February, and much of that hiring took place roughly six months out from the big game – get your information submitted today!
Twin Cities Ballet is seeking men and women for our 2017-2018 season!
1) Male and female dancers: Soloist and Principal level, for next season as salaried employees from approximately September 2017 to May 2018; and
2) Company Trainees/Apprentices: Advanced male and female dancers train with TCB company members and separately through its official school, Ballet Royale Minnesota, in its Professional Trainee Division day program, and dance and perform in TCB productions.
Applicants must have exceptional classical ballet and contemporary (modern) technique, strong performance skills, excellent work ethic, and a desire to continually grow and advance both technically and artistically. Expect to participate in TCB’s Nutcracker performance and major spring production in May, and two to three shows at other venues in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota throughout the year.
For audition requirements, visit http://bit.ly/1JVSqAw
To arrange an audition, please contact TCB directly.
CREO Arts & Dance is seeking a new receptionist for its administration team! Applicant will be responsible for stocking merchandise in our store, attending the front desk during classes, and greeting parents and students at the studio. If desired, this position may also be combined with teaching (see separate dance teacher ad).
- Minimum two-year college degree or equivalent work experience required
- Skills in the following programs preferred: Excel, Google Calendar, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator
- Must enjoy working with and be able to connect with children ages three to eighteen as well as adults
- Must be well organized, professional, a team player, possess strong interpersonal and relational skills, and strong communication skills
- Available for one-month training period with stipend (training beginning approximately August 1)
- Must consent to and pass background check and drug test prior to hiring
Please contact email@example.com for more info and application.
CREO Arts & Dance is seeking dance instructors for the 2017-2018 school year. Instructor(s) needed for students ages three to eighteen, beginning to advanced classes. Expertise needed specifically for pre-ballet, hip-hop, and intermediate ballet.
- Dance degree or professional performance experience preferred
- Minimum one year teaching experience
- Must enjoy working with and be able to connect with children ages three through eighteen
- Must be willing to adhere to school curriculum guidelines
- Must be well organized, professional, a team player, and possess strong interpersonal and relational skills
- Available for one-month training period with stipend (training beginning approximately August 1)
- Must consent to and pass background check and drug test prior to hiring
CREO is a non-competitive dance studio committed to building strong, creative, commitment-minded, joyful, wholesome artists.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and application.
Choreographer Marylee Hardenbergh is seeking three highly trained dancers to participate in outdoor dancing/filming along the Mississippi River, which will result in a dance film. The project will take place over the summer and early fall (2017), with a final presentation in November. Dancers will be paid.
Dancers should feel comfortable with improvisation, collaboration, and working outdoors near water.
Auditions will be held on a non-sprung floor -- bring supportive shoes if needed.
Please RSVP to email@example.com by May 29.
A Mill Artist Lofts
315 SE Mains Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Walker Art Center invites local dancers, artists, and community members to participate in the reconstruction and showings of Merce Cunningham’s Field Dances (1963).
To celebrate Merce Cunningham: Common Time, former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers Patricia Lent and Jamie Scott will conduct movement workshops for community dancers, culminating in outdoor public showings during the opening festivities of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
The workshops on Saturday, June 3 are free and open to all. Anyone who attends a workshop is invited to participate in a public showing, immediately following in the garden.
Pre-register to participate in a free workshop and public showing: https://form.jotform.us/71144130228141
Zone is Zenon Dance Company's non-professional adult program for dance students who are looking to improve technique, have an opportunity to perform, or work with local choreographers.
This is an amazing opportunity to receive a discount on an unlimited-class package for dance students who take more than three classes per week and is perfect for collegiate dance students looking to maintain and improve during summer vacation.
Dancers new to the program must perform in a brief and relaxed audition during Zenon's Open House. The audition will consist of participation in a ballet and a modern class to determine technique and level.
June 10, 2017
12:00 - 2:00pm
For more information and to register visit: https://www.zenondance.org/zone
SPDT is currently looking for one male and female performer for their 2017-18 season. Summer Intensive participants will be strongly considered; see post under Workshops for more information.
Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater
June 12-16, 2017 | 10am-3pm
Alternative Motion Project is holding an audition for men and women company members for its 2017-2018 season.
Looking for dynamic and expressive dancers who want to work hard, challenge themselves physically with a diverse range of styles, and dance for multiple choreographers both near and far. If this is you, come Move BIG with AMP!
Candidates should have strong modern and ballet backgrounds; training in other dance forms also a plus. Dance degree preferred. While an RSVP is not required, it is preferred by August 5 through email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55114
Bring a headshot, resume, and availability to the audition.
SERVICES and SPECIAL OFFERS FOR DANCERS
Great location at 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis. Jawaahir Dance Company studio at the corner of Minnehaha and Lake next door to the police station. Over 2000 square feet with windows, two mirrored walls, and a sprung hardwood floor. Off-street parking and bike rack. Only two blocks from the Lake Street/Midtown light rail station, and on the 7, 21, 27, and 53 bus routes. Fully handicapped accessible.
Bloomington location at 9050 Lyndale Avenue in the lower level of the Great Bear Center. Bright space of 900 square feet with one full mirrored wall and one partial. Double ballet barres. Small sitting area.
Located conveniently at the intersection of University Ave. and Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul Ballet offers spacious studio space for rent when available.
TU Dance Center is offering its spacious dance studios for rent when available.
TU Dance Center has studios that are 33x56 feet (Studio 1) and 21x46 feet (Studio 2) with sprung floors and Marley-type surface, fixed and portable barres, mirrors, pianos, sound equipment, high ceilings and natural light. The Center also features an air conditioned green room, kitchenette and dressing room, and free off-street parking.
TU Dance Center is convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul from I-94/Vandalia exit. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side.
Lundstrum Performing Arts has several upcoming summer camps and classes for kids and teenagers ages three through nineteen.
From our Hairspray workshop to our full-length musical of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, there is something fun and exciting for almost every age group.
If you love to sing dance and act there's no better place to spend your summer!
Erin Thompson teaches spring modern dance classes at Zenon. Classes explore experiential anatomy, ease and efficiency of movement, and power from the floor in locomotion.
Thursdays - 9:30am-11:00am, with Dean Mcgraw on guitar!
$14 per 90-minute class ($1 off for professionals). $130 for a ten-class card.
Minnesota Dance Theatre's Open Division offers drop-in ballet classes for adults and teens (ages sixteen and older).
* Classes seven days a week
* All levels from absolute beginner to advanced professional
* Live piano accompaniment
* Beautiful, spacious studios in the heart of downtown Minneapolis
* A noncompetitive, welcoming atmosphere
BALLET FUNDAMENTALS - Preregistration required
Summer Session: July 11 - August 31
Tuesdays or Thursdays/Tuesdays AND Thursdays
PILATES - Preregistration required
Summer Session: June 15 - August 3
8 Thursdays, 8:15-9:15am
Monday, 6:45-8:15pm, Pointe 8:15-8:45pm
Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm, Pointe 8:30-9:00pm
Sunday, 11:15am-12:45pm, Pointe 12:45-1:15pm
Dance Expressions - ages four through six. Students explore their imaginations by moving their bodies through space. Saturdays, 8:45-9:30am.
Ballet 1 - ages seven through eleven. Students with little to no ballet experience. Saturdays, 1:00-2:00pm.
Boys’ Club - ages seven through eleven. Introduction to ballet conditioning, flexibility and technique particular to male dancers. Mondays, 4:30-5:15pm and Saturdays, 1:00-1:45pm.
Adult Fundamentals Ballet - ages thirteen and older. For the adult with no ballet experience! Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm.
Adult Beginning Ballet - ages sixteen and older. For the student who enjoyed ballet as a child or has had three or more months of classical ballet. Wednesdays, 7:30-8:45pm and Saturdays, 8:45-10:00am.
Adult Life Long Ballet and Conditioning - ages eighteen and older. A gentle ballet class for dancers of all ages! Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am and 11:30-12pm.
Free Boys' Class
St. Paul Ballet is pleased to offer tuition-free classes for our young men ages seven through eleven in our boys club.
Classes feature an introduction to ballet conditioning, flexibility and technique. Plenty of jumping and strength exercises taught by a male teacher.
Classes are held: Monday, 4:30-5:15pm and Saturday, 1:00-1:45pm
Children's Drop-In Classes
The School of St. Paul Ballet is offering Ballet 1 on Saturdays from 1-2 pm.
Ballet 1 is for dancers who are ages seven through eleven who have little to no ballet experience. Classes will cover the basics of ballet and are designed to give children the foundation for moving into the leveled program of the SPB school if desired. This class is optimal cross training for children who also study complimentary arts, such as theater, circus, Irish dance, gymnastics, figure skating or other sports.
Ballet 1 is taught by Elaina Sutula.
Open Professional Classes
Join us Monday-Friday from 10-11:30AM and take your morning ballet class from some of the Twin Cities' finest teachers. $10 professional rate (please bring copy of current contract to verify).
Note: These classes are attended by St. Paul Ballet Company. Check our website/other listings for holiday schedule and any potential class cancellations due to SPB community events or performances. Teaching artists are subject to change.
Mondays 10:00-11:30am Marianne Raub
Tuesdays 10:00-11:30am Barbara Weinstine
Wednesdays 10:00-11:30am Jeffrey Hankinson
Thursdays 10:00-11:30am Maureen Haworth
Fridays 10:00-11:30am Laura Greenwell
Intermediate and Advanced Open Classes
St. Paul Ballet has teen and adult intermediate and advanced open classes six days a week! Join us in the studio!
Mondays 7:30-9:00pm Zoé Henrot
Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm Laura Daugherty, followed by Adult Pointe 8:30-9:00pm.
Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm Laura Greenwell
We invite you to St. Paul Ballet’s “Parent and Me” dance class, for our youngest dancers and their parents! Enjoy and explore the fundamentals of movement, music and rhythm in this developmentally appropriate class. Young dancers will be engaged through artistic body and brain connection through the joy of movement. Dress: Clothing that allows for fluid movement and stretching. Bare feet.
Te invitamos a la clase de baile "Padres y yo" de St. Paul Ballet para nuestras más pequeños bailarines y sus padres! Disfruta y aprende los movimientos elementales. Disfruta de la música y el ritmo. Estas clases están diseñada para el aprendizaje de niños y niñas. Los bailarines serán atrapadas por el arte corporal y la conexión cerebral a través de la alegría del movimiento.
TU Dance Center offers a variety of open classes in ballet, modern, Horton-based modern, West African, Gaga and contemporary techniques. Classes are for intermediate and advanced levels.
Teaching artists include Toni Pierce-Sands, Kenna Camara-Cottman, Laurel Keen, and Abdo Sayegh.
For current class listings, please visit the link below. Schedule is subject to change. Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card.
TU Dance Center is located at 2121 University Avenue West, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114. Find us on the north side of University Avenue, one block east of Vandalia, located directly behind Subway on the building's east side (free parking in the lot in front of TU Dance Center).
HIJACK is the choreographic collaboration of Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder. Van Loon and Wilder each grew up in Chicago, met at Colorado College, and established their collaboration in Minneapolis in 1993. HIJACK will be teaching a series of classes at TU Dance Center.
Saturday, May 27.
Cost: $14/class, $120/ten-class card
“In the first eight weeks after conception our body forms its basic structure. In this period of transformation from a group of cells to a highly differentiated human being, we go through developments, which deeply affect our movement, our mind and spirit. Some of the tissues and structures developing remain with us, some are transformed into other structures and some fade into the background, no longer existing or recognizable as the original structure. By embodying the process of embryological development, we discover the primal roots of our structure, perception, the ability to respond and to be present.” Founder of Body-Mind Centering®, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
This class will be lead by Certified Teachers of Body-Mind Centering® Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad. It is for movers, makers, yoga practitioners, bodyworkers, somatic psychologists and those from other body-mind disciplines. No prior experience with the Body-Mind Centering® approach is necessary.
Ongoing donation-based classes! Come dance and give what you can.
10am-11:30am, Cowles Center studio 2B
Mon 5/29 - NO CLASS, Memorial Day
Tues 5/30 - Eve Schulte, ballet
Wed 5/31 - Berit Ahlgren, gaga
Thurs 6/1- Elayna Waxse, ballet for contemporary dancers
Fri 6/2 - Kerry Parker, ballet
People of all levels of experience are welcome to come learn contact improvisation together in this safe environment. Together we will explore how our bodies move while in physical contact with each other while focusing on the laws that govern motion: mass, gravity, momentum and inertia. We will train the body in sensory awareness, weight-bearing partnering skills and improvisation. Class will be playful, meditative and acrobatic and followed by an open jam.
Lake Harriet Dance Center Summer Ballet Classes
Levels III and IV and adults
Taught by Anna Goodrich
June 27 - August 26
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, with pointe 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturdays, 10:00am - 11:30am, with pointe 11:30am - noon
Weekly rate - $36; with pointe (Thursdays and Saturdays) - $42
No classes the week of July 4 or August 14
Adult and Teen Open Level
July 12, 19, 26: $36
August 9 and 16: $24
Beginning Ballet and Ballet I. Ages eight and older.
Taught by Siri Drontle
July 12, 19, 26: $36
Ballet I and II. Previous experience required.
Taught by Anna Goodrich
July 10, 17, 24: $36
Taught by Anna Goodrich
Tuesday July 11, Thursday July 13 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm - $24
Tuesday July 18, Thursday July 20 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm - $24
Tuesday August 8, Thursday August 10 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm - $24
Tuesday August 15, Thursday August 17 | 5:00pm - 6:30pm - $24